In fabulous company!

Went to the Oregon Coast and Portland and a few other places last week on vacation. Friday night I got to meet up with Lilith, Candy and Meljean at Powells and then we went out to eat. Here's a picture Nick took for posterity.

some fabulous people

I'm back from vacation

Well, for a week at any rate. Next Saturday I'm off to Portland and Depoe Bay and hopefully a fabulous dinner with some very cool blog/author people.

And a funny moment had on vacation. We were in Waldenbooks with my mom and I was looking at the romance titles when Mom walked over.

Mom: What's Nora Roberts doing in this section?
Me: Um, she writes romance, Mom.
Mom: Are you sure? I thought she just wrote mysteries and I have one to read.
Me: No, Mom, she really writes romance. With mystery, but she writes romance.
Mom: hmmm....

Yeah, my mother is incredibly anti-romance and thinks romance readers are crazy and obsessed with reading them. Hope you like that Nora, Mom. And okay, that's not exactly what she said, but the gist is right.

* I capitalize mom or not? *sigh*

Oh, and it SNOWED, yesterday, on Saturday.

And I'm in love with the new James Clemens fantasy series The Godslayer Chronicles and I read the first two books this last week and there aren't any more yet!!! Bad author, bad. Write faster. The bookses, they are good. Well, if you like that kind of fantasy.

And I read Mrs. Perfect by Jane Porter and adored it, too.

Fire and Ice by Anne Stuart

Fire and Ice

In the wake of a failed love affair, brainy beauty Jilly Lovitz takes off for Tokyo. She's expecting to cry on her sister Summer's shoulder, then spend a couple months blowing off steam in Japan. Instead, she's snatched away on the back of a motorcycle, narrowly avoiding a grisly execution attempt meant for her sister and brother-in-law.

Her rescuer is Reno, the Committee's most unpredictable agent. They'd met once before and the attraction was odd – tattooed Yakuza punk meets leggy California egghead – but electric. Now Reno and Jilly are pawns in a deadly tangle of assassination attempts, kidnappings and prisoner swaps that could put their steamy partnership on ice.

Can I just say that I devoured this book? So good. Reno is awesome. I mean, how can you resist a guy described as a "tattooed Yakuza punk"? I loved how fast-paced the story was. It was definitely the hero who was the focus of the book, and since he's so fascinating, that was just dandy with me. Anyone else read it? Just loved it. Yeah, had to say that again.